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'Soldiers of destiny' don't even have a map

A directionless Fianna Fail can't begin to fight an election which will surely decimate the party, says Kevin Rafter

Published 16/01/2011 | 05:00

The band of political loyalty only stretches so far -- and last week in Fianna Fail that band finally snapped. Brian Cowen's leadership has been vulnerable since the European and local elections in June 2009.

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He has presided over a haemorrhaging of support for his party and a collapse of the Irish economic boom. In truth, Cowen has been a caretaker leader since the IMF arrived last autumn. And he has only remained in office due to the inaction of Micheal Martin, Mary Hanafin and Brian Lenihan in sanctioning a heave.

Their individual uncertainty has been about more than the fear of losing out in a leadership contest. The chalice on offer is poisoned in the extreme. Never has Fianna Fail gone a general election campaign knowing it will be defeated and has no prospect of government when the votes are counted.

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